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Bluesky pounces on conservatives, rejoices over Elon Musk failing Twitter
Jack Dorsey's invite code only social media site grows for liberals to agree with each other and bully the few right of center
I want to be in any club that won’t have me as a member. So when I heard that the social media site Bluesky required a rare invitation, I worked my network until I got one.
Once inside the Bluesky club, I could quickly see I was not wanted. Everyone is liberal, and most are intolerant. My intuition was proven right when Twitter went down over the weekend, and two conservative journalists on Bluesky were exposed and attacked.
Inside Bluesky Club
Bluesky was founded by former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. There are a few, sorta household names: AOC, Jake Tapper, Mark Cuban, Jimmy Fallon and Stephen King. The most followed accounts are liberal reporters and activists, as you can see from this website. Bluesky reportedly has just 100,000 total users.
I’ve rarely posted since I grabbed my username "EmilyMiller” in May. Ive been reading the Bluesky feed like I’m hiding behind a couch in the MSNBC green room.
Until two days ago, it was pretty boring to eavesdrop because they agree on every issue. They mostly “skeet” about how much they hate Elon Musk and Twitter.
Bluesky in Twitter’s Code Red Alert
Over the weekend, Bluesky's engagement skyrocketed as the competition failed. Twitter users got error messages saying “rate limit exceeded” or “cannot retrieve tweets.”
There were serious consequences for big accounts.
A Baltimore crime reporter tweeted he couldn’t read the police department's Twitter account during a massive shootout in the city.
The National Weather Service tweeted on its regional accounts that people should report severe weather and damage by phone because of the limited views.
Twitter: Sky’s Not the Limit
Musk then announced that users with unverified accounts can only see 600 posts per day. (I’ve stayed unverified so far since I lost my legacy blue check.) Verified accounts are limited to seeing 6,000 posts per day.
Twitter’s new limit policy drove so many people over to Bluesky that the company had to stop allowing new users. (It has since restarted.)
Dark Clouds for Conservatives
Erickson has 25 followers on Bluesky and over 200,000 on Twitter. All he wrote on Saturday was this:
He got about 500 replies, and every single one told him to leave. mostly with profanity. Faith Merino, a fellow at Stanford, replied to him:
Meagan Hatcher-Mays, who runs a leftist activist group called “Indivisible” that is trying to stack the Supreme Court, replied to Erickson in this antagonistic way:
Openly bullying is popular on Bluesky. Writer Jessica Conwell is so amped up to fight that she’s getting the mob to preemptively go after a billionaire author who would never want to be on this site.
On Monday afternoon, Erick got back on Bluesky and wrote: “My mere presence here is apparently triggering to some. Excellent.”
Another conservative journalist who joined and got blasted is. He founded “The Reload,” which is a fantastic source for all news about gun control laws and Second Amendment rights.
Gutowski is also a CNN contributor, which perhaps is why he garnered some welcoming responses when he first posted on Bluesky two weeks ago. (CNN reports skeets on air like Twitter.) But then he got little engagement until Twitter imploded.
On Saturday, Gutowski posted the link to a story about how the Supreme Court may handle a new gun case and the responses were all negative:
I can tell you where you can shove your analysis
No one cares about your opinions
Did you invite Erickson on here? Answer immediately
I asked Gutowski about conservatives being unwelcome.
“Yea, the tilt on Bluesky at the moment is pretty clear,” he said. “I enjoy going back and forth in good faith with people from lots of different perspectives. But trolls will be trolls and I've learned over the years to just block and mute people whenever necessary.”
Invite Code Tracking
Several accounts demanded to know who gave Erick the invite code. Bluesky policy tracks how invite codes are shared in a tree format. Each user is somehow responsible for their invitees’ actions. You get one every two weeks.
I have three invite codes now. I’ll give them to whoever makes the best case for getting one in the comments below. Just don’t break their rules and get me kicked off the site. Although, I think this story might get me banned anyway.
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